Kelly Floro

I'm a former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, a future Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker, and a present-day writer and passionate explorer of the natural world. Fellow hikers know me as Ibex. If I'm not on the trail, tapping away at my keyboard, or panicking about the existential threat of climate change, I'm probably daydreaming about my next big adventure or getting overly emotional while watching reruns of the Great British Baking Show.

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Appalachian Trail State Profile: New Jersey

Appalachian Trail State Profile: New Jersey

It turns out that New Jersey isn't all traffic jams and industrial vistas—who knew? For 72 action-packed miles, the Appalachian Trail traverses the

Sep 9, 2019 : Kelly Floro
How to Hike the Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail

How to Hike the Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail

From idyllic rambles through mid-Atlantic farmland to epic alpine treks in the Northeast, the Appalachian Trail offers a multitude of adventures for

Aug 26, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket

Is it a puffy? Is it a base layer? No, it’s Outdoor Research’s Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket—a lightweight multi-tasker that excels in moderation. This

Jul 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Camping shelters are as diverse as the backpackers who carry them. From freestanding tents to trekking pole setups, from tarps to hammocks to plain

Jul 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Minimalist Pack

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Minimalist Pack

The world of lightweight backpacks welcomed a new contender in 2018, the 48-liter Six Moon Designs Minimalist. Designed with comfort and durability

Jul 2, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail, you probably have a lot of questions right about now. Who better to answer them than the

Jun 17, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Three Fun (and Easy) DIY Gear Projects to Save You Money

Three Fun (and Easy) DIY Gear Projects to Save You Money

Let’s talk about MYOG. It’s not just the sound I make when a shelter mouse runs across my sleeping bag in the dead of night. MYOG stands for Make

May 5, 2019 : Kelly Floro
How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange

Apr 3, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Anatomy of an AT Trail Town: Five Features to Look For

Anatomy of an AT Trail Town: Five Features to Look For

One of my favorite memories from the Appalachian Trail is the street festival I stumbled upon in Manchester Center, VT, as I came into town for a

Mar 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

It’s just before dawn, and the mountains all around you are tranquil. You can tell it’s going to be a glorious morning, and you feel the call of a

Mar 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro